January 17, 2021
CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART, 0 GOD. RENEW A LOYAL SPIRIT WITHIN ME. DO NOT BANISH ME FROM YOUR PRESENCE, AND DON'T TAKE YOUR HOLY SPIRIT FROM ME. RESTORE TO ME THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION, AND MAKE ME WILLING TO OBEY YOU. THEN I WILL TEACH YOUR WAYS TO REBELS, AND THEY WILL RETURN TO YOU. PSALM 51:10-13
Often, our prayer time can seem one-sided. We do the majority of the talking while God listens to what we have to say. As important as it is for us to learn to talk to God, it is just as important to cultivate a habit of listening to Him in return. If not, we may be missing out on His response to our prayers.
I've discovered that in the stillness and the silence, God's voice can become the loudest one in the room. Away from all the distractions and notifications it's much easier to decipher what He's trying to say or get me to notice. It just requires some effort on my part. Some days that means waking up before everyone else; other days it's going on a walk outside.
As this first week comes to a close, let's take some time just to hear what God may be saying to you. To get started, read Psalm 51:10-13 three times (that's right, three times). Pause between each reading and sit in silence for a minute. Notice what thoughts come to mind? What images are forming? What feelings are stirring inside your heart?
Write them down and then whisper the simple prayer below.
Prayer: God, thank You for Your generous love and compassion toward me. Thank You for Your eagerness to forgive me and for helping me find my way back to You.